We've come a long way in a short time at Cult Pens and August brought yet another milestone — the first Cult Pens pen. Introducing the Cult Pens Mini Fountain Pen - a simple compact metal fountain pen designed for portability and all-round usefulness. At Cult Pens we have the widest selection of pens on the planet, but we still didn't have a compact fountain pen that we really liked. We still mourned the loss of our old favourite — the Pilot Birdie. The Birdie was a tough, slim pen that could go anywhere, surviving the rigours of travel and daily use, but still looked smart and wrote really well. We never understood why Pilot discontinued it. It was too expensive to make they said — but that was only an issue because they sold it too cheaply! Hey ho, what do we know?
Anyway, during a planning session down at The Rat & Rollerball we had an inspired thought — why not make our own? How hard could it be? Excited, we returned to Cult Pens Labs and started work immediately. Rummaging through the stores we found an assortment of broken pens, some superglue, a rusty file and a large hammer. After much bickering and bruised thumbs the resulting pen was brought to life with 5,000 kilovolts through the ink feed. Sadly it was an ugly, stupid thing which ran amok and could only be stopped with an iridium nib straight through the heart. There was Diamine Oxblood ink everywhere.
So we had a word with our good friends at Kaweco and asked them to do it instead. We waved our arms a lot and rambled incoherently at them for a while until they went away. In what seemed like the twinkling of an eye but was in fact 6 weeks, a prototype landed on our desk. Smart, tough, no-nonsense — our new pen ticked all our boxes:
Of course we could have Kickstartered this thing, and the idea of (potentially) getting thousands of pre-orders would have helped enormously. But as we already had the right manufacturing partners and are completely fearless (or daft, take your pick), we just got on with it and ordered a bunch!
The pen body is manufactured in Japan by an experienced producer of pens and pen parts; it's then shipped to Germany where Kaweco mate it to one of their Bock nib units. Bock are one of the world's premier producers of fountain pen nibs. It’s the same nib unit Kaweco use in their premium ranges, available in extra-fine, fine, medium, broad or extra-broad. Replacement nib units are easy to obtain and very reasonably priced.
It's not packaged in a fancy way, in order to keep costs down, but it is boxed.
The manufacturer in Japan, Kaweco and Bock are all companies that know what they're doing — so we’re confident in the quality of our new baby — to the point that we’re giving five years warranty on them. At only £29.95 we think they’re a bargain too.
The Pen Addict podcast has already said: "everything you would expect and want from a product of this type". Over 10% of our initial manufacturing batch has already gone — to over 13 countries from Australia to the USA, via Latvia and Chile. Will we commission another batch, or make something new next time? We honestly don't know at the moment, so get yours before you miss out!
Win a Cult Pens Mini Fountain Pen! (Competition is now closed — Thanks for all your entries!)
How would you like to win a Cult Pens Mini Fountain pen? Well you're in luck as we have 5 to give away! To be in with a chance of winning, all you have to do is tell us what features (practical, unusual or just down right wacky) you would include when creating your very own pen. Tell us all about your creations in the comment box below. The competition closes on the 27th September and the winners will be announced on the 30th September 2013.
2 September 2013